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How to stay safe from bears

Here are some tips to help keep you safe from bears.

  • Never snack in your tent.
  • Keep all camp “smellables” stored properly, using bear-resistant containers to protect them from hungry bears. Smellables include any item with a scent: food and items like canned goods, bottles, drinks, soaps, cosmetics, toiletries, trash, coolers and unwashed items.
  • Have out only the food that you are actually using; if you’re not using it, put it back into the food locker.
  • Treat your trash like food: keep it in your food locker or dispose of it in a bear-proof dumpster.

Find more essential tips in the May 2014 issue of Boys’ Life magazine or at

4 Comments on How to stay safe from bears

  1. Also don’t run. They will follow you.

  2. Thanks for the advice. My troop is going on camp out at the FFA camp. So this teach us all something.

  3. Fact: bears eat beets

  4. First aid items are also smellables. Secure them the same way as food.

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